Event venue own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion berths in La­gos

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - BUSINESS -

THE As­so­ci­a­tion of Venue Own­ers La­gos Nige­ria (AVOLN) has berthed to stan­dard­ise ac­tiv­i­ties in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

The um­brella body for venue and event cen­tre own­ers, ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent, Wemi Jones, was con­ceived in Septem­ber 2016 af­ter a meet­ing in Lekki to boost ser­vice de­liv­ery as well as ac­count­abil­ity and advo- cacy in that strate­gic sub-sec­tor of the na­tion’s econ­omy.

Dur­ing the me­dia launch in La­gos, Jones noted that mem­bers’ busi­nesses were be­ing ad­versely af­fected by the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in the land man­i­fest in the dwin­dling dis­pos­able in­comes of their prospec­tive clients.

He re­gret­ted that de­spite the un­fa­vor­able de­velop- ment that had forced them to crash prices, they were still be­ing made to pay high charges by reg­u­la­tory bod­ies whom he ac­cused, had ef­fected 100 per cent up­ward re­view of their tak­ings.

The AVOLN boss claimed that op­er­a­tors pay as much as 15 dif­fer­ent taxes and levies to fed­eral, state and lo­cal coun­cil au­thor­i­ties.

He said: “Some of our reg­u­la­tory agen­cies have done a 100 per cent in­crease on some of our obli­ga­tions to them.”

Jones, how­ever, sought meet­ings with the con­cerned reg­u­la­tors with a view to thrash­ing out the is­sue. He noted that mul­ti­ple tax­a­tion was neg­a­tively im­pact­ing on their oper­a­tions.

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